Check out another gentleman's quarters, this one belonging to financier and Chinese Porcelain Company founder/proprietor Pierre Durand, as featured recently-ish in the New York Social Diary:
His is neither a period apartment nor a highly decorated one ... okay, a fully upholstered bedroom with both the Brunschwig leopard AND tiger velvets is a bold statement, but have you ever seen a more compelling living room with wall-to-wall sisal, off-white walls, and buff-colored curtains?? The backgrounds are no competition for Durand's many treasures, and the only pattern is an Aubusson-upholstered chair or two. Dude doesn't even need a contrast throw pillow on those beige damask sofas -- not when you've mastered Scale, Furniture Arrangement and Qu-qu-QUALITY. Honorable mention to pleated silk coolie lamp shades with cut fringe, palomino glove leather and Tina Fey's book at the bedside. No pretense here!
And while we're on the topic, how much do we love Sian Ballen's interviews? I'm biased because every time I see her she pinches my cheeks and tells me I should be on TV, but who else asks the burning questions:
"What does money mean to you?"
"Are you alone now?"
Fearless fierceness abounds!